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KOFY
Dec 28, 2012 11:30am PST
they don't? comedies 31st, more than 500 billion dollars in -- in tax increases and more than 100 billion dollars in government spending cuts are set to take effect. what happens january 1st, is less than certain. if congress and the president miss the deadline investors could panic sending the shakey stock market into a downward spiral. businesses and consumers could lose confidence and cutback on spending. a recession would not be immediate as long as all parties are working on a deal taxes and cuts could be kept at bay for a few weeks and repealed retroactively. if they never agree taxes would go up $2400 for families. americans would feel cuts to government services and an estimated 3 boy 4 million jobs would be -- 3.4 million jobs would be lost. while the political blame game continues. >> we are here in washington, working. while the members of house of representatives are out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i toe the president we'll be happy to look at whatever he proposes. but the tru
KOFY
Dec 31, 2012 11:30am PST
avoid -- raising taxes for everyone. good morning i'm kristen sze >>> and i'm cheryl jennings. katie is the news encouraging? >> reporter: more pressure than news about what the deal might be. this was not the big announcement about an agreement on the fiscal cliff. the president did acknowledge there's been progress and he spoke while surrounded by americans who he pointed out cannot afford a tax hike. a source close to the negotiations we know what might be on the table now this current tenty deal. one, as far as tax hikes are involved -- republican and democrats have agreed taxes would not go up for families that make less than $450,000 a year or individuals who make less than $400,000 a year. as far as unemployment benefits that's could be extended. the president mentioned tuition tax credit extended. where there's still a great divide is automatic spending cuts. the deal on table brokered mostly by mcconnell and biden overnight, would delay those spending cuts for three months. some democrats have said they want them delayed one year. >> still issues left to resolve. but we're h
KOFY
Dec 27, 2012 11:30am PST
to hammer out a deal before major tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1st. this morning harry reid launched a scathing attack on house republicans for not returning to washington. >> i can't imagine their con chens they are out wherever -- consciences they are out wherever they are and we are trying get something done. >> newly appointed senator flew back with the president today, left governor currently will replace the late senator daniel inouye. >>> that looming fiscal cliff is having a huge effect on the stock market today. you can see the dow is down 135 points over 1%, consumer confidence very low because of concerns that fiscal cliff will cause taxes to rise for everyone if congress tpaeults to work to the. >>> former president george higgs boson bush remains in intensive care he is -- george h.w. bush remains in intensive. doctors suspected he would be home in time for christmas but his condition worsened, he is alert and talking to hospital staff. >>> there is a bright spot for the economy, new homes selling at fastest past in more than 2 1/2 years. strongest showing
KOFY
Dec 26, 2012 11:30am PST
to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate rain roll through downtown, darker clouds off to the west there and that's what is going to head up into the santa cruz mountains shortly. one other advantage point, at least this side of san francisco, we are on the embarcadero side at front and vallejo streets where it looks quiet. if you look back the other way, rain coming in. san francisco heading out here any second the -- let's look at live dopplers morgan hill ant boulevard just to the east of our cam
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 11:35pm EST
taxes on middle- class families do not go up. we can get that done. >> president obama called for there wasaction, but senate tonight. >> we will be here at 11:00 tomorrow morning. we will have further announcements. >> mitch mcconnell, a frustrated progress,ack of called the vice president for help. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. a sticking point appears to be a and interest or the to close the deal. >> if congress does not act soon, drastic cuts will go into effect and taxes go up for everyone. more than $3,400 for the average american family. >> significant differences n the two sides and negotiations continue. >> negotiations will continue through the night. "politico" ined by reporter to talk about the fiscal cliff. it is looking like the president is going to try to get to introduce legislation to avoid some of the devastating tax increases. when the new congress is sworn in, and that means we're going over the fiscal cliff. unless we get something substantial in the next 24 hours, we will be going over the cliff. tax increases and on
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
tax hike. a source close to the negotiations we know what might be on the table now this current tenty deal. one, as far as tax hikes are involved -- republican and democrats have agreed taxes would not go up for families that make less than $450,000 a year or individuals who make less than $400,000 a year. as far as unemployment benefits that's could be extended. the president mentioned tuition tax credit extended. where there's still a great divide is automatic spending cuts. the deal on table brokered mostly by mcconnell and biden overnight, would delay those spending cuts for three months. some democrats have said they want them delayed one year. >> still issues left to resolve. but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. it is not done. and so, part of the reason that i wanted to speak to all of you here today is to make sure that we emphasize, to congress, and that members of both parties understand that all across america this is a pressing concern on people's minds. >> reporter: again, on the issue of tax increases and who constitutes the wealthiest of americans. the
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm PST
change your tax strategy. advice coming up from michael finney. stay with us. we have a lot more to get to. >>> the health of former president george hw bush is a growing concern. the 88-year-old transfered to houston methodist hospital. he's been at the center ever since a lot of month because of a chronic cough. but he's been fighting a high fever for days. this morning he was put on a liquides only diet. >> no one puts new icu because things are going well we're hoping medicine was help him turn things around. >> barbara bush spent christmas by his side, former president george w bush expected to visit incoming days. >> retailers reeling tonight after holiday sales missed marks. they were expecting shoppers to spend 2% more than last year but turns out sales grew less than 1%. very disappointing. david with, a look the impact on the economy. >> there is no doubt that this is a real blow but kboitsing to impact people making goods retailers put on shelves. dispatting growth is likely tied to conservative gifting. >> i didn't get as many gifts but smaller gifts that meant more. >>
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm PST
by the white house and senate republicans. it is all to the avoid tax increases and stop sweeping spending cut cuts. good evening. carolyn johnson has the night off. >> we are now officially over the fiscal cliff because it's past midnight east coast time but on this new year's eve late night work continues in washington to avoid tax hike and budget cut. democrat voting on the deal between the white house and congressional republicans in the senate. karen travers has the latest development from capitol hill. >> don't start popping the champagne just yet but my knowledge step to avoid the fiscal cliff tonight. after days of intense negotiations, the white house and senate republicans reached a deal. tonight vice president biden went up to capitol hill to sell it to senate democrats. >> happy new year. >>reporter: biden swooped in at the 11th hour to hammer out an agreement. that would permanently extend the bush tax cut for individual making under 400,000. household making under 4 50,000. raise estate tax for those value at more than 5 million dollars. and extend unemployment benef
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
have called in vice president biden to try and jumpstart an ice breaker before higher taxes and deep cuts. the senate recon convenience 8:00 our time, stay tuned. -- we'll have the latest in 30 minutes. >>> leaders in the house and senate reached a deal on one thing, they'vekn%ñ agreed to extend the 2008 farm bill for one more year that expired in october. thistvp' means milk prices could have doubled to $7 a gallon next month. the deal prevents the government from returning to a prices. some call this the dairy cliff that now we are not going to have to fall off. >>> the notorious party night of new year's eve is hours away. law enforcement has already been cracking down on drunk drivers. chp arrested 123 people for dui over the weekend in the bay area that. number is down from the same time last year, when officers busted 161 drivers. there were no fatal crashes over the past two days this time last year. two people have been killed on bay area roads. >>> to help prevent you from getting a dui transportation companies are offering lots of perks for new year's eve if you you a
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
talks appear to be going nowhere. the president is trying to hammer out a deal before major tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1st. this morning harry reid launched a scathing attack on house republicans for not returning to washington. >> i can't imagine their con chens they are out wherever -- consciences they are out wherever they are and we are trying get something done. >> newly appointed senator flew back with the president today, left governor currently will replace the late senator daniel inouye. >>> that looming fiscal cliff is having a huge effect on the stock market today. you can see the dow is down 135 points over 1%, consumer confidence very low because of concerns that fiscal cliff will cause taxes to rise for everyone if congress tpaeults to work to the. >>> former president george higgs boson bush remains in intensive care he is -- george h.w. bush remains in intensive. doctors suspected he would be home in time for christmas but his condition worsened, he is alert and talking to hospital staff. >>> there is a bright spot for the economy, new homes selling at
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm PST
americans more money in tax asks caused deep cuts to many programmer autos there is no deal. right now, congressional leaders said to be close toon agreement f it happens it won't be until tomorrow at earliest. >> abc 7 news has been monitoring the back and north and joins usry. mark, safe to say we may go over the cliff but not to a crash landing. >> you're right that. is a good way to put it. just hours until the fiscal cliff deadline, house republicans have pulled a plug. this, after both senate and white house made it clear a deal was very close. >> president obama told supporters this afternoon that there has been progress in avoiding a hike in middle class tax autos preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. >> the president said the deal being worked outwqjx between the senate republican leader mcconnell and vice president will extend current tax rates for households making up to $450,000 per year, increasing estate tax rate from 35% to 40%, and extend unemployment benefits one year. sticking spoint how long to push off massive mandatory spending cuts to the pentagon
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
the fiscal cliff that will raise taxes for just about everybody. the white house and republicans reached some sort of compromise this, is a live shot from vice president. the vice president is on his way to the capitol to meet with democrats to get them to sign off. and we've learn that had biden and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell reached an agreement just minutes ago. abc 7 news mark matthews is monitoring developments in washington and will be bringing us latest developments. >> still to come at 6:00 it's in the bag. the bay area folks about to see big changes when they hit the checkout stand tomorrow, is that you?. >> did you receive a new cell phone for the holidays? i've got an idea on what to do with the old phone. put to it good use. i'm michael finney. 7 on your side is coming up. >> they're cutting edge. i think they're doing things differently going shake up the world. >> the young businessman making a name for themselves in wine country. they're not afraid of labels. >>> anybodying to the grocery store tomorrow is going to mts a big change. new year's day mar
ABC
Dec 29, 2012 6:00am PST
left before taxes go up for all americans and federal programs see major cuts. president obama met with republican and democratic leaders yesterday in a high stakes meeting at the white house. senate leaders will debate a new plan over the weekend, hoping to have a deal to vote on by monday. then it will go to the house. the president said a deal is critical for the nation. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013 as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not make a deal, here's how the fiscal cliff could affect you. first, income taxes will go up substantially. a middle class family will pay about $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because individuals will have to spend less on fuel. you could see longer lines at the airport because budget cuts would force the tsa to cut its staff and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push retailers to offer discounts to get shoppers into their stores. >> the bowl game is al
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am PST
moves closer and closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. >> much more on the fiscal cliff this morning on abc's "this week i charles shumer of new york and republican senator john kyle of arizona debate the last-minute efforts. that's coming up at 8:00 this
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with passive tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. there will be a lot more on the fiscal cliff coming up this morning on abc's "this week." charles summer of new york and republican senator john kyle of arizona debate the last-minute efforts. that's coming up at 8:00 this morning on" t
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
clock strikes midnight, without within the new year rings in automatic tax hikes for all americans plus deep cuts in federal spending. things are quiet on capitol hill now. both houses taking an overnight break, coming up in two hours, senators will resume their efforts. last night senate leaders called on vice presidented by tone try and broker an ice break we are house -- >>> leaders of both parties in the house and senate have reached a deal on one thing, they've agreed to extend 2008 farm bill for one more year that bill expired in october. milk prices could have doubled to $7 a gallon next month if lawmakers had not extended it. the deal prevents the government from returning to a 1948 formula, some called it the dairy cliff. >>> back here concord believe a street racing teenager lost control of his car and slammed into the lobby of a concord funeral yesterday. the driver was racing a car on clayton street, his car smashed through the front of the funeral chapel. the driver and passenger suffered serious injuries, elderly man in the funeral home's lobby suffered minor injuries. >>>
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 5:00pm PST
boehner to get higher taxes on wealthy americans. if the president and congress can't agree, government spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in automatically. market watchers feel it could push the competent back into recession. >> carolyn: instapgram has triggered a class action lawsuit. the claim was filed against facebook that owns the service. infagram that changed its terms of service. idea was abandoned after an outcry from users. lawsuit alleged they breached the contract with users in tweak that go policy. facebook has not responded to the suit. >> dan: a new requirement that forces california lawmakers to drive their own cars for legislative business is paying off. they report the state has saved $240,000, n taxpayer money since the new rule went into effect one year ago. california lawmakers were given a car paid by the state. this year that practice ended. they must drive their own cars, the savings was achieved because many legislators cut their driving habits in half. >> carolyn: big television screens are, of course, the rage these days. if you have ever tried
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
introduce if no deal is reach. >> put a deal on the floor making sure taxes on middle class families don't go up, unemployment insurance is available for two million people and lays ground work for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps we can take in the new year, let's not miss this deadline that. is the bare minimum we should be able to get done. >> we've been looking at the cost of going over the fiscal cliff. we showed you aá](ny calculatoro help you estimate how much your taxes will go up. we'll take a look at how spending cuts will impact californians, in the bay area. >> mark, thank you. >> our other top story is the weather. another storm system hitting parts of the bay area, reservoirs are now at capacity because of the rain. >> here is a live look from our camera. looking north at the bay, and you can see there is cloud cover there. sandhya patel is tracking the storm's path on doppler 7 hd. >> i want to show you where sit raining now. not everyone is seeing moisture reaching the ground. as we take a look, you'll see where the moisture is actually
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 4:30am PST
midnight toe without a deal tanks are set to go up for -- midnight tonight. without a deal taxes are set to go up for everybody. >> reporter: they will meet again i the tension is growing here in washington after the weekend talks failed to lead to a deal, if there is no breakthrough today, the country will go over the cliff. talks continue, this morning still no deal. >> further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning, i hope so. >> reporter: republicans and democrats negotiated all weekend with the hope of passing legislation that would protect most from a massive tax hike set to kick in tonight midnight. >> the president: our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up. >> reporter: there was optimism about a deal over the weekend when the republican leader in the senate, mcconnell made offer that ended when majority leader harry reid said he could not present a counter proposal. mcconnell called for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could jumpstart the negotiations on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willin
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00am PST
to agree on how to avert tax increases said to go into effect in january. >>> holiday gift-giving season brings a fresh crop of electronic waste. christmas doesn't bring many happy returns, especially today. >> here's this morning's bloomberg business report. >>> good morning. christmas is over, let the returns begin say you are not a big fan of that sweater from your aunt you may want to wait a few days before heading back to the stores, the day is the worst day to return unwanted gifts the lines are the longest, clerks burned out from the holiday madness. holiday retail sales up less than a percent from last year, worst than what had been expected. worries over the if can and hurricane sandy disrupting shopping. don't forget to recycle old devices you don't want. a company called green citizen tells bloomberg it expects to see a 30% rise in e-waste between now and february. tomorrow lawmakers head back to washington to continue tackling the fiscal cliff stocks continue to fall on growing concern time is running out to come to a budget agreement. >>> we are keeping a close eye on
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
line in the sand. we'll explain his plan for averting a tax hike. >> thank you for calling. >> i team reveals why a state agency is too busy to take your calls. >>> a late afternoon meeting brings progress towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. tonight abc 7 news mark matthews has been looking into the cost governoring over the live cliff. >> remember, last year it? was part of a deal to end the debt ceiling crisis. congress agreed to steep a spending cuts going into reduce the deficit. cuts now are just around the corner. >> the president says he's optimistic but did f.a deal can not be reached he'll tell hairy reid to introduce a fall back bill. >> put a bill making sure tax on middle class families don't goup, that unemployment is available for two million people z that lays ground work for additional deficit reductions and economic growth steps we can take in the new year. >> the bill, as the president calls bare minimum isn't what many hoped for, pushing off until next year, larger pron lems of dealing with the cuts. the study by george mason university found cuts will result in two
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 6:00am PST
backdrop is what is happening or not in washington. get this, new tax established by affordable care act on medical devices from syringes to pacemakers may cause manufacturers to dodge requirements they register with the fda some companies could find ways to avoid listing devices that would be subject to fda approval to avoid the tax. experts say the fda may have to rely on complains from third parties to find out about -- companies that evading the requirements. ellen brightman, new york stock exchange. >>> everybody is hoping the rain holds off, it holds off today, better part of tomorrow, keep our fingers crossed. you can see some of the fog moving about this morning thickest north bay valleys, tiburon, belvedere over to about oakland this morning. clouds gone so is the rain, dry now rotating you can see it up there scan being the skies looking for that next storm from the west tomorrow afternoon. let's talk about right now. temperatures running mainly in the 40s and 50s out there. heads-up on guerneville and napa river, russian river guerneville and napa river at napa, for the mo
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
. the one-two punch of tax increases and budget cuts set to go into affect on january 1st. negotiations will continue through the night, and a top man at the nation's capital has been called in to help. our abc news reporter has the latest from washington. >> the clock is ticking. negotiations are on going. at this point democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do thought go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> president obama called for immediate action, but there was that vote in the senate tonight. >> we are going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and we will have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> mitch mcconnell frustrated with the lack of progress called vice president biden in for help. biden is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness or interest or want to clo
ABC
Dec 26, 2012 4:30am PST
evening. lawmakers have less than a week to come to an agreement on how to avert tax increases set to go into effect in january. . >> in new york police have found a bed in the burned out home of the man who killed two firefighters monday. the victim is believed to be the gunman's 67-year-old sister. a vigil was held monday night for the firefighters. two other firefighters in the hospital. police say ex-convict william spengler armed himself with three weapons and set his house on fire to lure first responders into a trap he kill himself. police say he left a rambling three page note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. he did not give a motive >> the world'sdhfhñ longest high speed rail line is up and running in china. the first bullet train left beijing this morning. the line connects the capital city with the commercial southern hub. the rail line is designed for top speeds of over 200 miles an hour. what used to take 22 hours will now take eight. >>> coming up, another holiday begins today where you can take part in the bay area'
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm PST
comes down in times square tonight, every american's taxes will go up. what happened? >>> the other breaking story tonight. hillary's health. doctors reveal it is a blood clot near mrs. clinton's brain keeping her in the hospital. dr. besser right here with what this means. and what mrs. clinton just told barbara walters after becoming the most traveled secretary of state. >> are you exhausted? >> i am. to be honest, i am. >>> the big chill. a million americans in times square tonight. this evening, the security, the weather. some of the coldest temperatures of the winter. and what we didn't know about something else that will be falling at midnight.
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 4:30am PST
budget cuts and tax increases kick in january 1st. >>> new senator representing hawaii will arrive on capitol hill today. lt. governor will fill the seat left vacant by the death of senator daniel inouye. he was chosen from a list of three yesterday. the 40-year-old has served as state lawmaker and chairman of the hawaii democratic party. he will serve until an election in 2014. >>> lance armstrong has until today to appeal the ban imposed on him. he lost his seven titles december 6th, when the international cycling<ç÷%Ñ union banned him from the sport for life. penalties came after the united states anti-doping agency hit him with similar sanctions for using banned substances. armstrong did not appeal. it appears he won't challenge this latest ban. >>> gun buy-back in los angeles is being called a huge success. you can see why. cars wrapped around several blocks as people waited in turn to turn in their firearms. guns for groceries is normally in the spring but the mayor moved it up to take advantage of the outrage against the connecticut school shooting. guns were exchanged for a
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
. house members not due back ununtil sunday. that is two days before the tax increases take affect. boehner is putting the ball in the court and says the house will take action on whatever the senate can pass. the president has spoken to senate and house leaders from both parties but had no plans to meet with congressional leaders tonight or tomorrow. >> three people have filed a federal lawsuit against city of san francisco arks kusing the police department of conducting illegal searches. this occurred at the henry hotel. saying police officers entered room was a master key provided by the hotel, then, began searching through personal belongings without warrants or just cause. thist@2p is camera footage of te searches by public defender last year. the suit filed by civil rights attorney john buress naming four officers. >> a slew of new laws set to hit the books january 1 from new rules on the road to sales tax increases for sm.=i=r? we're live to preview some of the new rules and laws. nannette? californians taxes will go up in just a few days. the income tax will go up for high
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
hour when tax hikes and budget cuts swoop ground the fiscal cliff. the two senate leaders, harry reid and mitch mcconnell are working on a stop-gap bill. >> at some point it appears there are things that stop us from moving forward. i hope we're not there, but we're getting real close. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> the legislation would prevent tax increase for roughly 98% of american workers, extend unemployment benefits set to expire for some two million people, and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicare doctors. >> we should go ahead and introduce legs that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are and should be an up or down vote. >> a deal won't necessarily pass congress by monday night. if it doesn't, virtually everybody's income taxes will go up. the average family would pay an extra $3,462 in 2014. and farm programs would expire, potentially doubling the price of milk, and if congress doesn't pass new bill? >> we'll come back with a new congress on january 4th and the first bill on the floor will be
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 5:00am PST
days to reach a deal before mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in january 1st. >>> at least 200 teachers will get concealed weapons training in utah today, overflow crowds are expected when gun rights advocates waive usual fee for teachers. the training tolls the shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. gun groups believe teachers can act more quickly than law enforcement in those critical first minutes to protect children. >>> gun buy-back event in los angeles is being called a huge success, you can see why. people in their cars lined up for miles yesterday to turn in their firearms. event is held once a year and takes place in the spring, the mayor moved it up to take advantage of the outrage over the connecticut school massacre, the city gave away up to $200 in grocery gift cards. >>> lance armstrong has until today to appeal the ban imposed on him. he lost his seven titles december 6th, when the international cycling union banned him from the sport for life. those penalties came after the agency hit armstrong with similar sanctions for using banned substances. armstrong
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
reach a compromise fiscal cliff. higher taxes will loom. for americans that bring in $50,000 to $75,000 they will see an increase of $2300. people who make between $75,000 to $100,000 will pay almost double that. news about the fiscal cliff has not been good with the president and congress far apart. if they can't agree on a budget plan by january 1st, government spending cuts will increase automatically. market watchers worry that it will put the country into a recession. >> dan: annual toy drive is in full swing. there are not enough toys so far. so a plea is going out to lefty o'doul's at union square. that is where tomas ramon is live with the story tonight. >> reporter: i seek behind me there are firefighters here, they are collecting toys that people are driving by and dropping off. they collected 4600 toys so far. it's far less than 15,000 they were hoping to collect so they are asking people if they can't want to give a toy for christmas drive by and drop off a gift. six-year-old jordan young has new toy cars for christmas. he is one of three dozen children who are getti
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
. >> late movement on a possible tax cut deal. new details on what could keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff. >> there is an app for just about everything, now, being cute on video. >>> there is movement in wad on a possibly tax cut deal that could avoid the dread td fiscal cliff. president met with house and senate leaders from both parties. president obama later revealed senate majority and minority leaders working behind closed doors right now to koum come up with a deal. he says he's optimistic but he talked about a back up plan. >> will urge senator read to bring a basic package to preproe detective the middle class from a hike. >> no details given but sources indicate the president did not make a new offer to republicans and pushed for a bill stopping looming tax increases on families earning less than $250,000 a year. >> a 24-year-old woman charged in qex killing of two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york on christmas eve. dawn nguyen accused of file filing a falsified business record, investigators say charges relate to purchase of an ar 15 rifle, and 12 g
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
punch of tax increases and budget cuts set to go into affect on january 1st. negotiations will continue through the night, and a top man at the nation's capital has been called in to help. our abc news reporter has the latest from washington. >> the clock is ticking. negotiations are on going. at this point democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do thought go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> president obama called for immediate action, but there was that vote in the senate tonight. >> we are going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and we will have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> mitch mcconnell frustrated with the lack of progress called vice president biden in for help. biden is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness or interest or want to close the deal. >> drastic spen
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Dec 29, 2012 11:30pm EST
unemployment benefits that would affect 2 million americans and it would have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. the negotiators will still have to work out where exactly the tax increases would hit and whether they would stop the increase of the estate tax. the president has asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the senate floor that would increase taxes for households that earn a quarter million dollars or more, and respect -- expect republicans would block that proposal. but rather than take it back as a stopgap measure, think of it as a political move to try to shift the responsibility of failure on to republi watches the hour of reckoning. >> as the deadline approaches, our coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations continue on television and on-line at wjla.com. >> some people in the area are still cleaning up after the high wind thursday. and, apart, a tree crashed through a house. -- in takoma park, a tree crashed through a house. in mclean, trees littered the georgetown park way. >> maryland health officials are reporting their fi
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Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm PST
congressional republicans. if there is no break through, every american will be hit with higher taxes. a schoolteacher with two kids and a salary of $43,000 will face a tax hike of $3,000. the super rich like lebron james would see his tax goes up more thanhóÁ$2.4 million this year. >> i want us to not go over the cliff. i think it hurts the country. >> middle class people shouldn't have tax goes up?(héq $2,000 a year, we should start making some meaningful reform on debt. >> going over the fiscal cliff mean morz than higher taxes. federal workers at risk of being furloughed and unemployment benefits for two million people could expire saying the nation will fall back into a recession. there are reports hairy reed is now working on a smaller deal than the one the president negotiate yatesed with house speaker john boehner. >> the package reportedly preventing tax increases on middle class families and cut some spending programs but it's not clear such a plan could pass. >> star bucks is using its coffee cups to jump into washington politics. the world's biggest coffee chain asking emp
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Jan 1, 2013 5:00am PST
. increase on everybody's taxes gingtoday. - beginning today. now the house has to act in a few hours. tamon bradly reports. americans rang in the new year, the senate was in session in the middle of the night passing a bill after the fiscal cliff deadline went by. >> we have done good for the country. >> since lawmakers missed the deadline. every american wakes up with higher tax and congress can undo those hikes if the house passes the senate bill. vice-president biden told reporter he hopes that the bill gets through the house. >> you shouldn't predict how the senate will vote before they vote and you surely shouldn't predict the house vote. >> the senate bill would extend tax cuts for all workers . raises taxes on people above $40000. >> and extend unemployment benefits for two million. the house will take up the bill this morning and hopefully the chamber can pass it before the economy is rocked by the tax hikes. >> i feel good. >> president obama call would the senate vote the right thing to do for the country and encouraged the house to pass the bill right away. >> new defrom doctors
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Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm PST
consumers are waitsing for politicians to agrow on a budget and tax autos where there is that uncertainty, they'll be more conservative in investments and inventories and new store growth but we're going to have some indications of what directions we're going in the next few weeks and days. >> it affects the rest of the supply chain that already are working months head. shoppers sense retailers pampbiced with prechristmas discounts. >> everything now is already the same as what it was before. >> this sounds like they need to move inventory. >> definitely. >> that means stores may in the be expanded and prapts people won't be hired or retained. some retailers hoping that shoppers who receive gift cards might be spending them, soon. >> david, thank you. president obama cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to return to bash wash -- bash bash. -- washington he's going to work on a deal to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table.
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Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at the white house. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks starting in january when the temporary 2% payroll tax cut is set to expire. >> senate leaders are headed back into session tomorrow mor
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Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
than three days left before taxes go up for almost all americans and several programs see major cuts. president obama met with republican and democratic leaders yesterday in a high stakes meeting at the white house. senate leaders will debate a new plan over the weekend, hoping to have a deal to vote on by monday. then it will go to the house. the president said a deal is critical for the nation. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013 as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not make a deal, here's how the physical cliff could affect you. first, income taxes will go up substantially. a middle class family will pay about $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because individuals will have to spend lesson fuel. you could see longer lines at the airport because budget cuts would force the tsa to cut its staff and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push retailers to offer discounts to get shoppers into their stores.
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Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
if they don't? comedies 31st, more than 500 billion dollars in -- in tax increases and more than 100 billion dollars in government spending cuts are set to take effect. what happens january 1st, is less than certain. if congress and the president miss the deadline investors could panic sending the shakey stock market into a downward spiral. businesses and consumers could lose confidence and cutback on spending. a recession would not be immediate as long as all parties are working on a deal taxes and cuts could be kept at bay for a few weeks and repealed retroactively. if they never agree taxes would go up $2400 for families. americans would feel cuts to government services and an estimated 3 boy 4 million jobs would be -- 3.4 million jobs would be lost. while the political blame game continues. >> we are here in washington, working. while the members of house of representatives are out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i toe the president we'll be happy to look at whatever he proposes. but the tru
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Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm PST
spending cuts go into effect and everyone's tax bill will increase. >> our top priority has to be to make sure that tacks on middle class family does not go up. that would hurt our economy badly. >> one of the major sticking points appear to be where income tax increases should kick in. they waivered from $250,000 to as high as $1 million. >> tried to give police the slip and then disappeared. the family launches their own effort to find him. >> a bay area county is hosting a gun buyback program with a twist, and areles asking people to turn in an item that might be in your living room right now. >> thrill be rain for the last day of the gleer we'll look at the seven-day forecast coming up. >> later, the scoop about a possible new project for apple. an iphone that >> the family of a suspected drunk driver who disappeared while trying to outrun police is offering an award to find him. anthony donaldson has been missing since he scrimped into the court at the madera creek to avoid a sobriety checkpoint. authorities searched the creek on thursday but there was no sign of donaldson. his
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
, combination of spending cuts and tax hikes with will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal before the end of the year. will meet with congressional white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. jive to be very honest mr. president, -- >> i have to be very honest mr. president, i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid]vtkÑ lashed ot at speaker boehner accusing him of running a tar forship. >> john boehner seems to -- >> reporter: republican leaders blame democrats for the standoff and say there are limits to a compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress understand the 11th hour acts may not be enough to appease the public
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Dec 23, 2012 11:35pm EST
for the millionaire's tax, it will be very, very hard to see how we can get president obama to cut taxes for the $50,000 and below. -- $25078,000 level and below. -- $250,000 level. it does raise questions on his own position as house speaker. so many questions in the days ahead. it duds not -- does not look very optimistic. they did not fill us with holiday cheer. president obama when he spoke friday evening before he left to hawaii looked tired of the whole process. he'll be back mid next week as will congress. so they'll have a few days to get their acts together to come together on a smaller bill. it does not look like we're going to see anything large, the big deal at this point. we're looking at a scalled down measure if anything and it's not even clear that that will pass. >> kicking the can down the road. >> rachel, thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> all right. coming up -- there's a bar inside a local clothing shop. not sure what video that is. but we'll be right back. >> we want to tell you >> russia is taking drastic steps to prevent americans from don'ti
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Dec 30, 2012 2:00am PST
that would preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at thh. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks starting in january when the temporary 2% payroll tax cut is set to expire. >> senate leaders are headed back into session tomorrow
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Dec 24, 2012 5:00am PST
. >> the president: i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that spreads tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on growth and deficient the city reduction. >> president's solution of raising tax rates could be red ink for as far as the eye can see. >> reporter: the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of potential economic crisis. >> it is the first time that i feel it is more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. that, if we allow that to happen, it will be thekñg)p mot colossal consequential act of congressional responsibility in a long time. >> reporter: president obama is in hawaii for christmas. he says, he will cut his vacation short to try to hammer out a deal. the deadline a week way andrew spencer, reporting. >>> president obama is giving federal employees a present, he's issued an executive order giving workers at most federal departments the day off today, it excludes workers who have to remain on duty for reasons of national security,
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Dec 26, 2012 11:00am PST
washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate rain roll through downtown, darker clouds off to the west there and that's what is going to head up into the santa cruz mountains shortly. one other advantage point, at least this side of san francisco, we are on the embarcadero side at front and vallejo streets where it looks quiet. if you look back the other way, rain coming in. san francisco heading out here any second the -- let's look at
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Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. there are fewer than four days left for taxes to go up for all-americans. the president met with republican and democratic leaders today to discuss a time frame for the next few days. it starts with the senate leaders who are currently discussing the plan. they hope to have a deal ready for review and possible vote on monday. and then it would head to the house. the president says a deal is critical for the country. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013. as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not get it done, does not make a deal, here is how the physician physician -- the fiscal cliff could affect you. a middle class family would pay $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because people will spend less on fuel. you may see longer lines at the airports. budget cuts could leave the tsa with fewer checkpoint and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push down prices to get shoppers in the stores. we shall
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Dec 28, 2012 4:30am PST
district decided to close the stations after voters rejected a temporary parcel tax in november. closures affect stations in clayton, lafayette, martinez and walnut creek. the meetings will start january 7th, in lafayette, a week before the first closures take effect. 24 other stations will remain open. >>> this morning a san jose high school band will rehearse one final time before heading to southern california this afternoon to perform in the tournament of roses parade. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> san jose's valley christian high is not only marching in the parade but the first band to team up with performers from another nation, high school in beijing, before yesterday the only time the two groups met face-to-face was on a visit to china that valley christian made in april. the school provided this video the two bands have been practicing for more than a year. while language is a barrier, music is the common denominator. >> very excited about the opportunity, the challenge is the limited rehearsal time that's what we are doing. >> you can watch the valley christian-beijing fusion ban
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in on >>> netflix wants to get into the social networking game. >> new ceo of yahoo plans to make appearance at upcoming electronics show in las vegas. >>> goodÚç morning ellen. >>> good morning. the big consumer electronics of -- marissa mayer, a lot of hope she is expected to be there. she is an ing partiesanaÑ, one-on-one meetings trying -- trying to reestablish the sometimes rocky relationship that yahoo has had with 17 minutes into the trading session little change, we are seeing gains, for the dow, for the nasdaq as well as s&p. bloomberg index has been in the negative since we opened, a lot of wait and see about what is going to happen now that the president and congress are returning to washington today to deal with fukushima daiichi -- to deal with the fiscal omq= cliff issu. retailers are doing a better job of controlling inventories, macy's and abercrombie & fitch don't have as much merchandise leftover they need to clear out.÷s+0t netflix trying if get more social, it is waiting for president obama to sign a bill p
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Dec 29, 2012 1:05am PST
fiscal cliff. there are fewer than four days left for taxes to go up for all-americans. the president met with republican and democratic leaders today to discuss a time frame for the next few days. it starts with the senate leaders who are currently discussing the plan. they hope to have a deal ready for review and possible vote on monday. and then it would head to the house. the president says a deal is critical for the country. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013. as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not get it done, does not make a deal, here is how the physician physician -- the fiscal cliff could affect you. a middle class family would pay $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because people will spend less on fuel. you may see longer lines at the airports. budget cuts could leave the tsa with fewer checkpoint and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push down prices to get shoppers in the sto
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Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
matthews brings us up to speed on gridlock. >> sticking point continues to be tax cuts z in starting to look like no deal before the january 1 deadline. this may already be too late. five days until the fiscal cliff. hairy reid admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reid called john boehner a dictateor and paintin painting -- pointing blame on him. >> we're here in washington working. wile members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and baseball. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership. >> the republican leader says the democrats have failed. the only reason democrats have been trying to deflect attention on to me and my colleagues over the past few weeks is that they zront a plan of their own. >> the president return forward a last minute push before leaving on vacation in hawaii. he had separate phone conversations but it isn't clear talks helped. >> hopefully there is time for an agreement of some kind. >> washington's failure threatens to u
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